Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Using Ambien in excess of two weeks at a dosage higher than the prescription can lead to an addiction among users.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. Xanax and benzodiazepines share the same effects on people with Ambien although the latter does not have addictive properties like the former.
The Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
Unfortunately, though Ambien is not as potent as the benzos, it is still addictive. One can become addicted inside two weeks of using it for the first time.
Users hardly notice they are addicted to Ambien until they try to sleep without taking it and then reality hits when they can't fall asleep. The presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main signs of an addiction.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Ever growing dosage intake
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Using too much money to buy the drug
Withdrawing from and avoiding friends and loved ones
Temporary sleeplessness is the first sign of dependence on the drug. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it to help them sleep.
The desired effect Ambien has on the user reduces in a couple of weeks with continued use. At this stage some users are unable to quit taking this drug because their insomnia has worsened to the point they cannot manage to sleep without Ambien.
Ambien is the brand name of Zolpidem. In popular culture, the drug's features as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious), due to the pervasive advertising campaign. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien presents as a small oblong shaped pill or a time-release pill. Some people try to get a stronger effect by crushing up the pills and snorting them. Slang terms for Ambien include no-go's, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tacs and A-minus.
Ambien dulls the nerve endings of the brain stem thus slowing down the brain.
Ambien was marketed mainly as an alternative to Benzodiazepines, such as Halcion, which are known for their addictive potential and other side effects. It is claimed by the makers of Ambien that their drug was safer and less addictive.
Despite the makers of Ambien touting the drug's superiority over benzos, medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction. Dr. Michael Weaver who is a specialist in the subject of addiction published a report in 2015 in which he claimed that non-benzodiazepine Z drugs were also quite popular but were prone to many problems, which are similar to benzodiazepines.
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled material. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. The reality is Ambien is abused because it causes euphoria and hallucinations.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered abuse. Once someone builds a tolerance to Ambien, they need larger doses to fall asleep.
Some people now exceed the recommended dosage in order to sleep, increasing their reliance on it.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
Ambien can be considered as a safer alternative to benzodiazepine because the potential to overdose on the drug. The feelings of those who use the drug according to instructions and those who abuse it share similar experience which makes it difficult to know if the recommended dosage has been exceeded or not.
Ambien can slow a user's breathing and / or heart rate to the point of failure because it is a potent central nervous system depressant. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. A sign of danger for abuse of the drug are reduction in the heartbeat rate.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
Alcohol is one of the most common substances, which is ingested along with Ambien. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. Some people with an Ambien tolerance take alcohol with their pill to amplify the sedative effects of the drug. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both are central nervous system depressants.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
The health risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien addiction. The procedure of the detox assists the patient to prevent a relapse along with help that is required to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.